Friday, November 22, 2013

Currently Reading: Charlotte's Web by E.B.White

Childhood is full of fascinating and enjoyable things if you know where to look. And books are the best place to look for them. Talking animals, giants, fairies, forbidden rooms are some of the factors that makes imagination more fashionable and gives them a wing to fly!!

When I took Charlotte's Web I had the least expectation that I will get all those things back again. But it did. With talking animals and a hidden agenda to save someone's life...it makes itself a must read in the list of children's book.


The story is of Wilbur who is a spring pig destined to be slaughtered. But it seems that luck has some plans made for him from the beginning. He was born a runt and was on the edge of death when Fern, a little girl saved him. Then again, a grey spider, named Charlotte made plans to save him from becoming a fresh meat!! It gives a fresh representation of barn life and the lives of the animals who live their.
Their simple plain living, laughter, silly jokes made me feel like I am standing in front of them and I am the witness of their conversation. Then there is Templeton, a rat, who lives in the barn and eats from Wilber's meal and other leftovers. No one likes him because of his sneaky character but at right moment he never fails you.


The friendship between Charlotte and Wilbur is the main attraction of the story. Charlotte does everything to save his friend but never asks anything. She consoles Wilbur and cheers him up in need. At the end Charlotte dies and Wilbur saves her children by rescuing the egg sack. When the baby spider grows, eventually they leave but some of them always remain with them and becomes a friend of Wilbur. But no one ever could replace Charlotte.

To be straight the story is only this. But if you look a little deeper its full of freshness, subtle comedy and an undying friendship. Relationships never end..they are not meant to be ended. If its true then the feeling will remain same and will only grow with time. Death can never steal a person. Its the work with which you live long. Its the friends you make, who makes you live long with their memories and past moments!! This is a story of friendship and self- sacrifice. This also gives an impression of passing of time with Charlotte dying in the end. It is perfectly illustrated and with the simple writing at times it becomes heart wrenching as well.

It has made its own place in my heart. I wish I could have read it when I was a child. It has everything, from humor to seriousness to the grief of death of a very close and a loved person.  I will love to read it again and will love to read it to my younger sisters. The plus point it has some real good quotes. Some of them are :  "Life is always a rich and steady time when you are waiting for something to happen", "She was in a class by herself. It is not often that someone comes along who is a true friend and a good writer. Charlotte was both.", I loved the book entirely and I am a mere person to rate a classic. To best judge the book read it yourself or gift it to some child. That will best serve my post regarding the book.

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